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What is Palliative Care? How Does it Work?

If you’ve been advised that your loved one needs palliative care , you may be wondering what exactly palliative care is, and how it will benefit your loved one. Our hospice care team in South Jersey has put together this helpful guide to answer some basic questions about palliative care, and we hope it will help you …

United Methodist Communities Requiring Associates to be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

United Methodist Communities announced today that all associates will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15, 2021.   President & CEO Larry Carlson shared, “United Methodist Communities has a high ethical and moral obligation to provide the safest living and working environment possible and believes that the best path forward is a fully …

Easy Steps to Talk to a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, knowing what to do next and how to best take care of their changing needs can easily become overwhelming. Alzheimer’s is a diagnosis that affects the whole family, including the person’s close friends, and although there are many movies depicting the memory loss experience, nothing can …

How Occupational Therapy Can Benefit Your Loved One

One of the toughest parts of getting older is losing the ability to do things that we once considered easy. When you’re younger and mobile, you don’t even think twice about things like walking, climbing stairs, bending over to pick things up, and other similar ranges of motion. Many factors contribute to a lack of …

Celebrating Purple Heart Day

On August 7th our nation celebrates Purple Heart Day, honoring all those who have been wounded or killed during enemy combat while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Purple Heart is considered the highest distinction, reserved for those who have made a huge sacrifice for our country. Here at UMC , we want to recognize …

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Why You Should Look Forward to Retirement Living

When you hear the phrase “assisted living,” what comes to mind? For families with loved ones who can no longer safely live alone, or for older adults who have certain medical needs, assisted living communities can be a wonderful option. Unfortunately, some people still have very outdated notions of senior living communities. They picture strict …

United Methodist Communities Recognized in 2021 National Mature Media Awards Program

United Methodist Communities (UMC), a New Jersey based senior living provider, was a winner in the 30th annual National Mature Media Awards Program. The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s finest marketing, communications, educational materials, and promotional programs designed and produced for an …

5 Movies About Dementia You Don’t Want to Miss

In the past, movies and television shows have been criticized for portraying dementia in unrealistic and unrelatable ways, often buying into cliches and stereotypes. However, in more recent years, filmmakers have been treating dementia with the care and consideration it deserves, and we’ve seen a variety of movies about dementia that are much more realistic.  …

How to Comfort Those in Hospice

Moving a loved one into hospice care is never an easy process. Families often feel overwhelmed by a range of emotions as they try to offer help and support in a situation they have little to no experience with. People may also be overly-worried about saying the “wrong” thing to their loved one, despite their intentions being …

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Examining Quality of Life in an Assisted Living Community

Assisted living communities provide around-the-clock care for older adults who have certain health or mobility needs. When your loved one needs support with independence or when they require more assistance than you are able to provide, an assisted living community may be the best choice. If you’ve started researching assisted living, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that …

The Types of Dementia Explained

If someone you loved has been diagnosed with dementia, you may be starting to think about memory care neighborhoods. Although dementia can start off slowly, it often progresses into something more serious. People with dementia struggle to live alone as their condition develops. Professional memory care neighborhoods are equipped with the necessary safety measures to …

What are The Levels of Care in Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities offer many different levels of care and these communities can be as diverse as the residents who live there. If you’ve ever visited an assisted living community then you’ve probably seen that residents may be grouped based on the level of care they need. This allows associates on-site to be able to provide necessary medical …

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How Does Assisted Living Compare to Long-Term Care?

Are you considering assisted living or long-term care for an older loved one? You may be wondering what the differences are, and which option is the best for your circumstances. Both assisted living and long term care share a common goal: to ensure senior residents live as safely and as comfortably as possible.  Many senior living communities provide both …

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Celebrating Nurses on National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day is May 6, and at our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Sussex County, we think it’s so important to honor nurses as the everyday heroes they are. When we reflect on the past year, it’s impossible to ignore the impact that COVID-19 had on all of our lives. From the earliest …

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Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in Older Adults

As we age, it can be difficult to distinguish normal forgetfulness from something more serious, like Alzheimer’s Disease. Our South Jersey memory care team is here to share some of the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s in older adults, which can hopefully help you determine if your loved one needs a more professional level of …